T. R. Hummer

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Terry Randolph Hummer
Born (1950-08-07) August 7, 1950 (age 71)
Alma materUniversity of Southern Mississippi, University of Utah
OccupationPoet, critic, essayist, editor, professor
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship (1992)

Terry Randolph Hummer (born August 7, 1950) is an American poet, critic, essayist, editor, and professor. His most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (Louisiana State University Press). He has published poems in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, The Literati Quarterly, Paris Review, and Georgia Review. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship[1] inclusion in the 1995 edition of Best American Poetry, the Hanes Prize for Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and three Pushcart Prizes.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hummer was born and raised in Mississippi,[2] and graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with a B. A. in 1972 and M. A. in 1974. He studied with Gordon Weaver and D.C. Berry. He graduated from the University of Utah with a PhD, where he studied with Dave Smith and was editor of Quarterly West in 1979.


He taught at Oklahoma State University, where he was poetry editor of The Cimarron Review. In 1984 he relocated to Kenyon College; there, after visiting positions at Middlebury College (where he guest edited New England Review) and the University of California at Irvine, he became editor of The Kenyon Review. In 1989 he returned to Middlebury as editor of New England Review. He relocated to the University of Oregon in 1993, where he directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing. In 1997, he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught at the University of Georgia, and was editor of The Georgia Review. He retired from Arizona State University.[3][4][5]

Honors and awards[edit]



  • Hummer, T. R. (1982). The angelic orders : poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • The Passion of the Right-Angled Man (University of Illinois Press, 1984)
  • Lower-Class Heresy (University of Illinois, 1987)
  • The Eighteen-Thousand-Ton Olympic Dream. Morrow. 1990. ISBN 978-0-688-09018-0.
  • Walt Whitman in Hell: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 1996)
  • Useless Virtues. Louisiana State University Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-8071-2669-1.
  • The Infinity Sessions: Poems. Southern Messenger Poets. 2005. ISBN 978-0-8071-3066-7.
  • Bluegrass Wasteland: Selected Poems 1978-2003. Arc Publications. 2005. ISBN 978-1-900072-82-3.
  • Ephemeron: Poems. LSU Press Southern Messenger Poets. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8071-3987-5.
  • Skandalon: Poems. LSU Press Southern Messenger Poets. 2014. ISBN 978-0-8071-5741-1.
  • Eon: Poems. LSU Press Southern Messenger Poets. 2018.
  • After the Afterlife. Acre Books, Cincinnati Review/University of Cincinnati. 2018. ISBN 978-1946724014.
  • Urn (Diode Editions, 2015)
  • Translation of Light (Cedar Creek Press, 1976)
Appearances in anthologies
List of poems
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
As for the housefly 2016 Hummer, T. R. (October 10, 2016). "As for the housefly". The New Yorker. Vol. 92, no. 32. p. 81.


Available Surfaces: Essays on Poesis (Poets on Poetry). University of Michigan Press, 2012


  1. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation > Fellows". Gf.org. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  2. ^ a b Keats, John (1990-04-13). "> Poet > T.R. Hummer". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  3. ^ t. r. hummer. "Arizona State University > English Department Faculty > T.R. Hummer". Asu.academia.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  4. ^ "T. R. Hummer, Poet from Macon, Mississippi". Mswritersandmusicians.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  5. ^ Keats, John (1990-04-13). "T.R. Hummer". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  6. ^ "FSW | Donald Justice Award".

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